Ignored: A Rerun

The linked feature part of this post first appeared in January of 2009 when my blog audience almost entirely consisted of spammers from Eastern Europe and China.
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I am guilty.

Guilty of failing to notice the beauty all around me.

In the few moments that I am aware what is happening around me, I am usually rewarded with something special:
  • A a monarch butterfly circles a series of purple iris plants.

  • A brown pelican in flight crashes into the water searching for a fish dinner.

  • A small child lovingly shares his vanilla ice cream cone with his best friend--a golden retriever. 

So, I can relate to the "audience" of passer-byers in this video from an old post of mine as they largely ignore an immensely talented African-American musician named Tony MacAlpine tackling a challenging Chopin piece on piano.

That still does not make it right. 

I wonder how much of the beauty of life that I have missed as I wander along in a fog of thoughts concerning me, me, me?

18 comments:

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
This is a lovely post. And the one you refer to also.

I feel this way about music. That aristocrats treated Handel as easy listening, or something to go boating to while they angled for power. I guess its greatness gets passed by so often.

The one I try to sit down and listen to--White Man Sleeps, all the movements, with my eyes closed, as perofrmed by the Kronos Quartet. I can hear the world living and dying, sleeping and carrying on, and I love knowing that we have this knowledge, though it be wordless.

Ann T.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

You're on vacation, Slam Dunk. Make a list of what you see.

Enjoy.

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Some of my most relaxing and rewarding times are when I sit in my back yard with my camera and snap pics of life going by...the red shoulder hawk who lands on the ground near me, the butterflies, dragonflies and grasshoppers...

What an incredible and wonderful world there is in the power of music especially when you close your eyes and be still!

Enjoy your vacation and journey home safely!

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

Lovely post. You'll just have to open up your eyes a little wider! ;o)

Audrey Allure said...

He is pretty talented; I guess as a New Yorker - we're always in a rush, or we simply just walk by because usually they want money after. But you're right, sometimes we need to stop and appreciate some beauty & talent.

Stephanie Faris said...

I began my career working for the Arts Commission for the state...and watching as the arts died away. It's worse now. Unfortunately, there's just a small group of people who stop to appreciate the arts and the rest are too busy with their cheesy reality shows, pop music, and blockbuster movies.

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Ah yes, the spammers from China. Too bad I can't read Chinese to know what they are spamming me about. Hope you're enjoying the last few days of vacay!

Theresa Milstein said...

We get caught up in our own worlds, don't we?

That happened to me once in graduate school. I realized the trees were in full autumn splendor and I'd nearly missed it. It was an epiphany.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
A nice, thought-provoking post.

I'll bet you never miss more than you think you do...
We're all spectators in a large part of life.

ANY time we pause to "take it in" is worth it.

LadyFi said...

It is all too easy to be so self-absorbed that we miss the stunning beauty around us!

J. J. in Phila said...

For me, beauty is:

1. Those old row houses on my block.

2. Seeing my neighbors children and grandchildren playing on the street.

3. Seeing my neighbors and friends.

4. The hustle and bustle at the corner of Broad and Erie, watching people buying and selling, some who come here for a better life and gotten it.

To each his own.

Anastasia said...

That hurts my heart.

The Vermont Farmer said...

Too often concerning myself with the "loftier" ideas of politics, I fail to take the time to "stop and smell the roses". Thanks for the heartfelt reminder.

jodeeluna said...

You post made me realize that my husband's passion for photography has helped me to stop and notice the beauty around me. I trapse behind him trying to see what he sees when he stops and captures an image or spies an interestin person. This hobby is transforming my view of lie. Funny thing, I read your posts and sigh at how you do notice so much of life that other miss!

Abigail said...

I am glad to see that you guys got to take a vacation. Wow that you got to see wild horses. That is SO cool!

LisaF said...

I fall into that trap occasionally as well. I started posting "Five Good Things" and it forced me to look around at the things in my life that usually go unnoticed...ignored. Too often there's huge amounts of time between the posts, but I'm trying to do better!

Holly said...

I am way to guilty of this as well and am trying very hard to work on it.

Momma Fargo said...

Very great post. I miss a lot as well. ..have to open our eyes more!